ALL CLEAR GIVEN. TRIP IS GO!!!
Not to be confused with another Garden Gig – the grow your own garden course – that I am running this Saturday.
This post is for those attending The Peter Donegan Weblog Garden Group Tour to Irelands Eye.
*ONLY* If your name has been accepted via comment on The Garden Group To Set Sail blog post – can you get on the boat. Hate to sound rude but…. I’d rather you disappointed than the skipper throwing me overboard
Further to my chat with the boats skipper [17:22 hours] departure is reliant upon weather confirmation to be given on this Friday Morning. I have been told to assume however that it is going ahead. The strike through just under the photo above will be removed as soon as full weather clearance is given.
As this trip is all reliant on a boat departing – please be on time!! Think angry Skipper. It is recommended you use public transport. Or do a variation of park and ride. Street parking around Howth is mental on a sunny Sunday!
The Dart stop you want is Howth – do not confuse this with Howth Junction.On exit from the DART station you are right outside The Bloody Stream Pub [pictured left], where we will meet.
Bus numbers 31 and 31B also leave from Lower Abbey Street.
We don’t have a tour guide. But we do have….
Diarmid O’ Cathsaigh from the Howth Peninsula Heritage Society will meet us at the pier and give us a short talk [about 20 minutes] on the history and tales of the island. Big thanks to Mary Stephenson for organising this for me.
Boat will depart to Irelands Eye as soon as Diarmuid is finished his talk. All monies [€15] to be paid to the skipper up front. I’d reckon he doesn’t take credit card or cheque.
It is recommended that you wear long trousers and good water proof boots if you wish to walk the island. The growth that covers the island is gorse/ thorned/ prickly and wet.
Fully recommended. Just google Irelands Eye for images and you’ll understand why. If someone wishes to record Diarmuids chat with us in hi-definition that’d be great.
Bring a picnic and flask. And put it in a backpack. A comfy one.
the weather is supposed to be good thank God. But – this is Ireland and once we’re there…. we are there. Same rules apply for the bathroom.
This is an island.There are jagged edges/ cliff faces etc.
If you are going wandering please do not do so alone.
Birds tend [if they are] to make their nests at ground level. Keep a careful eye out.
Please also be extra careful with wrappers/ rubbish that may blow away when on the island.
My mobile number is vodafone prefix and then 6594688. Use it if you need to.
If Blaithín, Dena and Rosemary start singing Michael row the boat ashore or Rock the Boat – you have my permission to use your logic
It is at this point I will refer to The Garden Group Guide and I’ll look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
I took these pics last week….